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Criminalizing Pregnancy

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

This is the outcome, if not the ultimate goal, of the right wing’s constant dehumanization of women.  They do not care about life.  This is evident in their callous disregard for hungry children, their opposition to education and preschools.  But they do want to control women.  To that end they have gradually and successfully criminalized pregnancy.   Thanks to the radical right and their henchmen the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists we now have judges locking women in jail to prevent them from getting abortions.  Here’s the thing:  Abortion is legal in this country.  So let me say that again:  We have judges putting women in jail to keep them from getting abortions.  Not because they committed a crime but because they talked about getting a legal medical procedure which should be between the woman an her doctor.

http://www.examiner.com/article/report-judge-locks-woman-jail-cell-to-prevent-abortion-other-absurdities

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/03/14/956120/-Iowa-Woman-Jailed-for-Thinking-about-an-Abortion

Is this the kind of country you want to live in?  Seriously?  Because look at where this can go.

If women are required by law to either carry to term every single pregnancy they have or to die trying, then that means the government can requisition the organs of a poor person on the behalf of a rich person.  Crazy you say?  It’s the same idea.  A woman being required to die to provide life support for another being via her own body, whether she wants to or not with no regard for the damage done to her body is the same as slavery.  This is where the so called ‘pro-life’ people want to take this country.  If one person’s life is determined to be worth more than another’s than that person can decide what happens to the body of the less important person.  That’s their argument at its foundation.

 

So we have judges locking up innocent women to prevent them from accessing a legal medical procedure.  We also have hospitals in America letting women die because treatment might harm a fetus.  Of course they lose both the woman and the fetus but what do they care?  They exercised their control over that woman and her body.  If she had to die for them to prove their own control and might, so be it.  Yes the latest story is from Ireland but do not think for one minute this has not happened here in the US.  It has and it will.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/09/1090094/-Kansas-bill-lets-doctors-deny-chemotherapy-to-pregnant-women

http://reproductiverights.org/en/feature/the-protect-life-act-allowing-hospitals-to-ignore-women

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2232676/Savita-Halappanavar-dies-Irish-doctors-refuse-abortion-saying-This-Catholic-country.html

 

We also have nurses now organizing so they don’t have to provide medical care but only to women who want or need an abortion.  We already have pharmacists who think they know more than doctors about what medicines women need and for what purposes.  Now nurses too.  If you will not do your job, if you cannot do your job without discriminating against women and lets face this for what it is, power over women, not morality or conscience, it’s bullying when a woman is at her most vulnerable, then you should not be given a job in that field.  These nurses have chosen the wrong career path.  They demonstrably lack compassion.  But they have a belly full of judgmentalism.   http://jezebel.com/5863417/nurses-fight-for-their-right-to-refuse-women-care   

The practical upshot of this is that women cannot trust medical professionals to treat them with their best interests in mind.  No the best we can hope for is that women are vigilant enough to realize that the medical professionals do not care whether women live or die or whether they are traumatized or are in the middle of a crisis they are making worse.  The best women can hope for is to be educated enough to demand proper treatment because the politicians and religious leaders have decided what medical treatments women can have when and how.

This isn’t just about a woman’s right to her own bodily autonomy  this is about a woman’s human rights.  This is about the right wing trying to enslave women and reduce them to nothing more than walking incubators for their rape fantasies.

 

 

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A Christian Nation or a Nation of Mammon Worshipers?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, Social Issues, The Christian Church | 0 comments

You hear it all the time from the entrenched right:  “We are a Christian nation.”  That’s their excuse for taking away women’s human rights.  That’s their excuse for denying our gay, lesbian, bisexual or whatever brothers and sisters their civil rights.  That’s their excuse for denying women access to adequate and doctor prescribed health care.  “We are a Christian nation.”

Well let us just take a look at that.  What does it mean to be a Christian nation.   In Luke chapter 3 verse 11 John the Baptist said:

And he answered and he said to them, “Whoever has two coats, let him give to him who has not, and whoever has food should do likewise.”

In Proverbs chapter 17 verse 5 it is said:  Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;    whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

And also lets look at Matthew 25 verses 31 through 46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

This is what the Bible says about the nations and the poor.  This is what people who follow Christ should be worried about.  Because the below graphic (found on http://thepeoplesrecord.com/) demonstrates what America as a nation actually does to its poor.

 

It is more than shameful that in the richest nation in the history of the world we have homeless people while houses are standing empty.  That would not be permitted in a nation that followed Christ.  Not to put to fine a point on it; if we were really a Christian nation, we would not let houses stand empty while citizens went homeless.  But if we were a nation that worshiped Mammon, that is money and greed, then yes we would absolutely rather see houses stand empty than put homeless people in them.    If we were a Christian nation we would, “take the sick in and tend to their ills.”  Yet in reality we would rather see poor people die than implement health care for all.  Even though health care for everyone actually keeps us more healthy too.  http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2009/12/people_with_health_care_are_he

 The study, which analyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking education, income and many other factors including smoking, drinking and obesity into account. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.

Previous estimates from the IOM and others had put that figure near 18,000. The methods used in the current study were similar to those employed by the IOM in 2002, which in turn were based on a pioneering 1993 study of health insurance and mortality.

So it actually makes better economic sense too but Mammon doesn’t actually care about economic sense any more than Mammon cares about human beings.  It’s all about selfish greed with Mammon.  Which is why people in America die every day from a lack of adequate health care.  http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/public_health/Hey-Mitt-Romney-Americans-DO-die-for-lack-of-insurance.html

2009 Harvard Medical School study found, for example, that “the uninsured are more likely to die than are the privately insured.” “Lack of health insurance,” that study found, “is associated with as many as 44,789 deaths per year in the United States, more than those caused by kidney disease.” While, you, as Mitt of 2012, claimed that the government will protect those without insurance, the same study found that “alternative measures of access to medical care for the uninsured, such as community health centers, do not provide the protection of private health insurance.”

This is murder.  To have the ability to save someone’s life and to choose not to do it for the sake of money is murder.  Not imagined murder of an imagined person growing in someone’s womb but real murder of real people.  This is what Mammon decrees.

Poverty is something that Americans have ignored for generations.  No one wants to look at it.  No one wants to face it.  The right wing has vilified poor people, demonized them for the great sin of being poor.  Jesus loved the poor.  Jesus preached hope for the poor.  There is only one god to whom being poor would be a sin and that god is Mammon.  I submit that the United States of America is not a Christian nation at all.  We are demonstrably a nation that follows Mammon.  We sacrifice our children and our women, our most vulnerable citizens on the altar of Mammon and we do so while telling ourselves we are somehow “free” and “righteous.”  Well we are not.  We are enslaved to our own greed and delusions of self-righteousness.  If we want to be a Christian nation we need to stop buying the propaganda of the Mammonites on Wall Street and start actually following Christ.

You know who is actually doing what Christ told us to do?  The Occupy Wall Street people.  http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/12/03/rolling-jubilee-aims-to-buy-and-forgive-debt  That’s right these people are actually buying up debt and forgiving it.  That is Christian.  And yet if you Google “Rolling Jubilee” the first links you get are from people, pundits who are against the idea and write about what a terrible thing it is and why.  Why would these people do such a thing?  Because this forgiveness of debts strikes at the very heart of the god they worship, it goes against everything Mammonites believe in.

You know who else is striking back against Mammon?  Is it a church?  No.  Chicago, the city of, is striking back against Mammon.  http://www.progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2013/01/18/chicago-lawmakers-pass-groundbreaking-ordinance-protect-employees-wage

The ordinance, which was co-sponsored by Alds. Pawar, Danny Solis (25th) and Ald. Emma Mitts (37th), along with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is much needed in Chicago considering a recent study by the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Center for Urban Economic Development found that approximately $7.3 million in employee wages are stolen in Cook County each week.

The Bible has some harsh things to say about employers who steal wages:  James Chapter 5 verses 1 through 4

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.

Clearly the “Job Creators” who fail to pay their workers a living wage are not following Christ.  Wal-Mart is a perfect example of Mammon worshipers who cheat their employees out of fair wages forcing taxpayers to pick up the slack.  If the company makes a profit they are honor and duty bound to pay their employees living wages.   But you see, Mammon doesn’t care about honor or duty.  All Mammon cares about is money and how much of it can be amassed by a single person.    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/10/1141724/-Walmart-fuels-inequality-epidemic-taking-advantage-of-our-safety-net#

What is shameful is that CEO Mike Duke makes more money in one hour, than his employees earn in an entire year. Yet, Walmart – which employs millions of people in its stores, distribution centers, and warehouses – continues to abuse its employees and refuses to pay them a livable wage. The company has frequently been charged with wage theft claims by workers who point to the most common forms of wage theft: the refusal to pay proper overtime, the refusal to honor the minimum wage, and illegal paycheck deductions.

Any nation that glorifies a company that does the above to its employees is not, by definition a Christian nation.  In order to be a Christian nation we would have to follow the teachings of Christ.  To love our neighbor as ourselves.  Not as we think they should be.  Not as we want them to be but as we love ourselves.  That would mean not judging them, not terrorizing them if they do something we disapprove of (“pro-lifers” I’m talking to you).  It would mean not vilifying or demonizing people for being poor, homeless or on welfare.  Because millions of people with jobs are on welfare due to poverty wages that we as a nation have turned a deliberate blind eye to.  We have let this happen all the while clutching the tattered shawl of “we’re a Christian nation” close around our shoulders.  We have betrayed our brothers and sisters, we have betrayed our nation and we, in so doing have betrayed the god we claim to follow.

There is an excellent Chapter in the book The Shadow of the Hand of God about this very thing.  It’s worth a read.  http://www.amazon.com/The-Shadow-Hand-God-ebook/dp/B009KRLNVO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1358716657&sr=8-2&keywords=The+shadow+of+the+hand+of+god

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Hate filled “Pro-fetus” Protesters Drive Women Away From the God They Claim to Follow

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013 in Getting it Wrong, The Christian Church, Women's Rights | 0 comments

You can’t call them pro-life because if they were they wouldn’t gleefully condemn full grown women to tragic deaths by denying them access to potentially life saving and legal medical procedures.  You can’t say they follow Christ because they spout hate and judgement at women they don’t even know.  They hurl vile false accusations at strangers for going into a particular building regardless of what the woman is going there for.  You can’t claim they work for the glory of their self proclaimed god because what woman, in desperation, who goes to a clinic where these hate filled and Oh so self-righteous protesters are, after being reviled, verbally savaged and bullied by these cruel fanatics would turn around and say, “you know something?  I think I’d like to know more about their god and what he stands for.”     No women and their friends, families and loved ones would be angry and reject such a cruel, unjust and hatefilled god.  And rightly so.

For example:  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/18/1467591/alabamas-abortion-clinic-escorts/

Pro-choice marchers recalled a particularly painful event last month when a woman whose baby had died en utero was coming to the clinic to have it removed. In an awful coincidence, that was the day, Watters said, when the pro-life demonstrators collected a children’s choir on the sidewalk to sing “Happy Birthday Dead Baby” to anyone driving in.

“Will had to physically restrain the father,” Watters said, nodding to one of the men marching in a pro-choice jacket. “And by the time she walked through them, she was an emotional wreck.”

I’m sure that family will never set foot in a church again.  I know I wouldn’t.  And expect them to tell any children they do manage to have too so we’re talking about generations who will think of the church as a cruel and hateful place to go.  This is the real result of the “Pro-life” movement in terms of the church.

The pro-life god hates women with a passion so intense it’s almost holy.  What sane woman wants to follow a god who hates her for being a woman.  In theory god created women too.  In theory god would understand what women go through, if such a god had created them.  The “pro-life” god is incapable of having created women.  Then again the Evangelical and Fundamentalist god is equally incapable of having created women.  It’s just not possible for a god who hates women, who teaches and expects women to be nothing more than incubators for the sacred sperm of men to have created sentient beings with intelligence and their own inherent dignity and self awareness as women demonstrably are.  The behavior of the “Pro-life” movement beg the question:  what kind of god creates an intelligent, sentient being with complex thinking skills and emotional capacity only to decree that it be treated like nothing more than a mindless, meaningless incubator with no other purpose in life?

No god I would follow.  And no god any sane woman would follow.  Also, not the God that Christians who actually follow their God follow.  Christ said to love one another.  Christ said exactly zero about abortion.  If it were that important to Him one might imagine He’d have said something about it.  So who do the “Pro-lifeers” actually follow?  Since they are actively driving not just individual women but entire families away from Christ I have to assume it is some other god.

These same people cry “religious persecution” whenever anyone says anything bad about their reprehensible behavior.  The churches they go to cultivate, quite deliberately, a persecution complex so no one can say anything to them about the truth of what they do.  This is what real persecution looks like:  http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2013/s13010072.htm   A 15-year prison sentence was  given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity.  That is persecution, not being thwarted in your bullying attempt to force your employees to abide by your arbitrary and Biblically unfounded stance on birth control Hobby Lobby.

And do you know where this all leads for women?  Do you know about the women in Texas who cannot access health care at all because the Governor and the Republican legislature is so very “pro-life” that they’ve defunded the clinics that assisted the poor?  This leads to women who cannot get health care at all and that leads to death for real living human beings.  All in the name of the fetus.   Christians, those who actually follow Christ, should be rising up right now and speaking out about this en mass.  Some are but not enough.  I am but one and I know there are others but this is a crime against humanity, it is a crime against women and it is a crime against God.

This is the future for women:  http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/23/ireland-abortion-idUSL5E8MN7YM20121123

Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year old dentist, was admitted to hospital in severe pain on Oct. 21 and asked for a termination after doctors said her baby would not survive, according to husband Praveen, but in a country with some of the world’s most restrictive abortion laws, surgeons would not remove the foetus until its heartbeat stopped days later.

Husband Praveen Halappanavar, who believes the delay contributed to the blood poisoning that killed his wife on Oct. 28, has said he would not cooperate with an investigation already launched by the country’s health service because he did not believe it would be neutral.

This is what the “pro-life” agenda really is.  Women dying when they could have been saved by medical treatment.  This isn’t the first incident.  There have been many where women with cancer were denied treatment because they were pregnant.  This resulted in both mother and fetus dying.  See the fetus cannot survive if the mother dies.  But the “pro-life” people only care about the fetus.  Because neither they nor their hate-filled god, whoever it is, does not consider women human beings.  http://now.msn.com/pregnant-teen-with-cancer-dies-after-doctors-delay-chemotherapy-because-it-may-have-terminated-her-pregnancy  It’s two deaths for the price of one really.  They get to murder a pregnant woman all the while falsely accusing her of being the murderer.  Is there any thing more morally bankrupt?  Is their anything that flies more in the face of what Christianity is supposed to be?

Here’s another http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/feb/24/nicaragua-abortion-ban-amalia

On 2 February, a 27-year-old woman was admitted to a hospital in Leon, the second largest city in Nicaragua. She was diagnosed with an advanced case of cancer, which had metastasised and may have spread to her breasts, brain and lungs. She was told she couldn’t be prescribed an aggressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment because she was pregnant. Under Nicaraguan law, any medical procedure to save the life of a mother is banned if it jeopardises the life of the foetus: it is technically considered akin to a therapeutic abortion.

These are not isolated incidents.  This is what the “Pro-Life” people are actually after.  Just look at all of the laws they have passed to pull an end run around the Roe V. Wade Supreme Court decision.  They don’t care that they are violating women’s human rights.  They don’t care that women will die.  They actually brag about how women are like cattle and deserve to die in back alleys if they have abortions.  So you tell me, who is the murderer, really.  http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/12/442637/georgia-rep-compares-women-to-animals/

State Rep. Terry England was speaking in favor of HB 954, which makes it illegal to obtain an abortion after 20 weeks even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the baby is otherwise not expected to live to term.

That bill was passed by the way and there is no exception for rape or incest.  This is shameful.  It is wrong.  It is an atrocity and people wonder why our culture is rightly described as “rape culture” when we dehumanize women so much that our government officials think nothing of comparing women to livestock.  This is not Christian.  I don’t know if it’s American.  I would like to think not but then again the Steubenville Ohio gang rape case makes me wonder.  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/steubenville-students-laugh-alleged-rape-article-1.1232113  The parents of the boys are all on about how this could ruin the boys lives.  Not one thought is given to the victim except that maybe she was asking for it.  The justice system of Steubenville tried to brush it all under the rug because–football!  Shameful.  But then again when have women been considered human beings?    Thankfully that poor girl does not live in one of the state where pharmacists can refuse to fill legal prescriptions for emergency contraceptives on “moral” grounds.  And by “moral” they mean ignorant judgmentalism not based upon any known holy text.  http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/health/pharmacist-conscience-clauses-laws-and-information.aspx

This is how much America hates its women.  This is what the Tea Party Republicans did after campaigning on Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.  This is what single issue “pro-life” voters have wrought.  Shame on them.  This is wrong on every level.  America hates its women so much that there are 31 states in which a rapist can sue his victim for visitation rights.  That’s right a rapist has more rights than his victim.  Why?  Well because she’s a woman and therefore not fully human.  http://www.alternet.org/gender/number-states-which-rapists-can-sue-custody-and-visitation-rights-31-and-other-shocking-rape

This is all of a piece.  This is all about dehumanizing and vilifying women. This is the culture we have created.  A culture where pregnancy is criminalized and rapists have more rights than their victims.  http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2011/02/miscarriage-death-penalty-georgia

Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin—who last year proposed making rape and domestic violence “victims” into “accusers”—has introduced a 10-page bill that would criminalize miscarriages and make abortion in Georgia completely illegal. Both miscarriages and abortions would be potentially punishable by death: any “prenatal murder” in the words of the bill, including “human involvement” in a miscarriage, would be a felony and carry a penalty of life in prison or death. Basically, it’s everything an “pro-life” activist could want aside from making all women who’ve had abortions wear big red “A”s on their chests.

That is the pro-life movement’s goal in black and white.  Also Utah is considering a similar bill.

Is this the kind of culture and society we want?  Because it’s up to us to change it.  It’s up to us to actually follow Christ if we are Christians and love our neighbor, even the women.

 

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Of Gun Control, the War on Women and a Good Year For Movies

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Doing the Right Thing, Politics, Women's Rights | 0 comments

I’ve been tempted to go on several rants of late.  Gun Nuts vs. Sane Gun Owners and you know the difference.  I won’t insult your intelligent by pretending you don’t.  The morons who don’t understand that raising the debt ceiling doesn’t add to the national debt, it just pays for what we’ve already borrowed, and the House Representatives who lead those ignorant fools on even though they know better.  The fact that people are crying “Nazi” and “Hitler” about regulating, not taking away, just regulating guns but they vote time and again for legislators who want to take away the civil and human rights of women and they are so selfish and blind they don’t see the irony in that.

But instead I think I’ll say this:

 

Pacific Rim.    That’s right, I can hardly wait for that movie to come out.  This year is going to be fantastic for movies.  We’ve got the next Star Trek movie coming up, what is it?  Into Darkness?  Also the next Iron Man movie, Thor 2 with Christopher Eccleston as the main Dark Elf and a whole passle of others that promise to be excellent.

 

I’d also like to say that it appears to me, getting back to the original topic thread, that people in America are starting to see through the smoke and mirrors.  Fox News has been widely discredited as a reputable news source to all but the fanatical few who want to believe the lies.  Christians are starting to see through the false prophets who preach gospels of prosperity (Mammon worship) and contraception (Baalism?  It’s forcing patriarchal control on others and denying them their human rights.  I don’t know the exact name of that god) and hate (embracing our GLBT brothers and sisters as we should have been all along).  This is good news.  It seems that the majority of Americans are decent, compassionate people.  If the anti-American Republicans hadn’t Gerrymandered to within an inch of their molecular integrity they would not have a majority in the House of Representatives.  Their continuing war on women is proving that they are living in a bubble that more and more Americans are starting to see through.  I have high hopes for our future.  And it’s going to be an excellent year for movies of all kinds.

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Michigan GOP passes so called “Right To Work” bills at behest of Koch Brothers

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in Getting it Wrong, Politics | 0 comments

I wonder, I really do, if the short sighted fools who comprise today’s GOP have the capacity to look beyond today and see how much damage they are doing not just to the country but to their political party and their political hopes for the future.  People will not forget this trampling of the American way, they will not forget this end run around democracy and they will not forgive plunging the state into poverty any more than the nation will for attempting to do the same to it.

The GOP and their propagandists at Fox News have proven to be anti-American liars at every turn and people, even many of the “true believers” are starting to wake up to that.  The -problem the GOP is facing is that reality doesn’t cease to exist just because you convince a bunch of self-righteous fools that what they want to hear is the truth.  Facts don’t stop being true just because someone with weak faith doesn’t want to face them.  And the truth has a way of revealing itself regardless of how deeply the willfully ignorant bury their heads in the sand.

The Presidential Election of 2012 opened the eyes of a lot of people who thought Fox news was actually telling them the truth.  Oh sure, they could have known long before but they hid their friends news feeds on Facebook so they wouldn’t have to read any of the “liberal media” that reported on actual facts.  They unfriended their friends who cared enough to try to tell them the truth because they didn’t want to hear it.  Now, though, they’ve been shown for the fools they are.

The people they elected, the policies they supported through their votes are still causing damage to America.  They don’t care about the future.  They don’t care about the American people.  They march to the tune of the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Alderson, or to the NRA because they honestly believe that what makes them American is their hatred of other people, especially women, the poor and blacks.  They think owning a gun makes them American.  Well it doesn’t.  All these kinds of thinking do is move our country closer to being like Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine or Iraq.

Think about the nations around the world where there is little to no gun regulation and where the government is overrun by the religious conservatives.  This is where these “Americans” want to take our country.  Oh if it’s put to them clearly and honestly they’ll deny it.  They’ll deny it sincerely because they are too short sighted to see where their beliefs and votes lead. They’re too foolish to understand the system they are setting up and when the consequences come to fruition they will be shocked, utterly shocked because they’re also too delusional and too certain of their own infallibility to think for one minute that they were wrong.

The GOP may never recover from the kinds of legislation those who are acting in their name are ram-rodding through and it’s their own fault.  They actively courted these kinds of social issues.  As far back as Reagan they made it a part of their platform to value the fetus more than a woman and to demonize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  At any time someone could have stated the obvious, “This is wrong!”  But they chose not to because evil men grasping for power promised them millions of evangelical voters if they would embrace such hateful and evil policies.

Don’t think Christianity is getting away unscathed either.  Even though real Christianity has nothing to do with the hate and fear mongering that has been attributed to it, because the Evangelicals, Fundamentalists and Southern Baptists have embraced the oppression of women for their own political power and gain, as well as the demonizing of GLBT people and because they have attempted to legislate their own brand of unBiblical morality, they have tarnished the very name of Christianity.   Moderate Christians are also to blame for ignoring this and not speaking out against it.  Even now people who go to church every Sunday don’t want to hear what the majority of the country is starting to say about Christianity.  They don’t want to hear it because they don’t really care about God or Christanity.  They just care about their comfortable faith that doesn’t ask anything of them and lets them sit in a pew for an hour a week then go on out into the world and spread their self-righteous hatred of anyone different than they are.

It’s time and past time to look to the future.  It’s time and past time to count the cost of silence in the face of evil and lies.  The people who deliberately choose them have no one to blame but themselves.  Shame on them and shame on the legislators who think they can do as they please, subverting the will and the very foundation of what America was founded upon.

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Fiscal Cliff and Republican’s pathological* hatred of the government of the USA

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Getting it Wrong, Politics | 0 comments

That’s right, they hate our government with a passion so intense it’s almost holy.  That’s why they threatened to default on our debts and tarnished our once spotless credit rating.  How is that fiscally responsible or conservative?  It’s not.  It’s the actions of a bunch of tantrum throwing rich white men who think that they should be able to lie, cheat and steal all they want and not ever be made to face anything remotely resembling consequences.  They don’t care if they destroy America.  They believe that they have enough money that when they do manage to bring this once great country to its knees, they won’t feel the pain of it.  They don’t care that they are destroying what our founding fathers fought, bled and in some cases died for.  All they care about is their own wealth and power.

They are also pathological* liars and they have lied so shrilly and so adamantly for so long that they now believe their own lies.  That’s why they were shocked when Obama won.  Not only did their attempts to cheat citizens of the USA out of their right to vote fail, but their attempts to buy the election outright via Fox News and Tagg Ryan buying voting machines that were sent to swing states like Ohio and Florida failed.  They thought they could pull another coup like GWBush did in 2000.  Anton Scalia was more than ready, I’m sure,  to defy the will of the voters in an election to put a republican on the throne, I mean in the oval office.

And that is why they are in a tizzy over the fiscal cliff.  They are incapable of facing reality.  They are unwilling to see reason for any reason and constitutionally incapable of thinking about anyone but themselves and what they want.  The people who blindly follow them and vote for them do so because the religious right has allied with them, promising millions of voters in exchange for their souls, I mean a proximity to power that the leaders of the religious right find too heady to willingly forego.

These people are anti-American, un-Christian and the ones who signed the pledge to Grover Norquist are arguably traitors.   America stands for democracy, for freedom (that means for women too) and at one time it stood for science, innovation and a bold future.  Now we have science deniers in the chambers of congress marching to the tune of corporations whose only concern is how much money they can get for the air we breathe, the water we drink and the soil we have to grow our food in.  They don’t care if they leave a toxic wasteland for our children.  Their children will have the money to have their own hydroponics farms in greenhouses far away from the poor and working class.

It’s shameful that people have closed their eyes to the facts and turned their backs on the truth.  Because in so doing they have sold their birthright as American citizens to the plutocracy.

 

*I am not a psychologist and so cannot, nor do I intend to use the term in a clinical sense.

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